The High Judicial Council has appointed Judge Tarek Bitar as his successor to Judge Fadi Sawwan as part of the ongoing investigation into the Port of Beirut explosion. The latter had had his name proposed by the Minister of Justice Marie Claude Najem following the refusal to see Judge Samer Younes appointed on the grounds that he was too close to the Free Patriotic Movement. Judge Tarek Bitar is no stranger, as his name was already proposed last August as part of the same proceeding. At the time, however, he refused to become the investigative judge in the august 4 tragedy, on the pretext of a heavy workload. In the end, Judge Fadi Sawwan was appointed. In addition, investigating judge Fadi Sawwan was officially informed this morning of the decision of the Criminal Court of Cassation to withdraw the case of the explosion at the Port of Beirut. As a reminder, the Court of Cassation, seized by two former ministers, former Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil and former Transport Minister Ghazi Zoaiter, whom the magistrate had indicted in connection with this case, had justified his decision on the grounds that the judge whose home in the Asfiehrah district had also been damaged by the explosion , was therefore a stakeholder. As soon as the decision was announced, many relatives of the families of the victims of this tragedy demonstrated near the Beirut court, in support of the magistrate who was also due to issue an arrest warrant for Youssef Fenianos yesterday, also a former transport minister. The public prosecutor, Judge Ghassan El-Khoury, referred the court's decision to the minister of justice in the interim government, Marie-Claude Najem, who is expected to decide what to do next.